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groups. karl rove has a group, bill burton who used to work in the white house has i democrat leaning group that raise all this mon and inject it into the political process before elections. stephen colbert wants to do this because he wants to call attention to the fact there's so much money in politics. so instead of following the money, kyra, i guess we have to follow the funny with stephen colbert. >> i would love to see you on his show. you would grill him for sure. you'd get to the bottom of this. >> yes, i would. >> thanks, jim. next hour we'll have your political updates. you can also go online to our web site cnn politics domg. that's 24/7. that does it for us. we'll be back here tomorrow morning 9:00 a.m. eastern. suzanne malveaux takes it from here. live from studio 7, i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed for thursday, june 30th. casey anthony's defense team could wrap up today, potentially putting this explosive case in the jury's hands this weekend or early next week.
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now, the young florida woman is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter caylee. today a woman, the defense claims carried on an affair with casey anthony's father testified. george anthony has repeated by denied the woman was his mistress. >> i didn't think that he could raise somebody that was capable of harming her child, and that's when he said it was an accident that snowballed out of control. security scare for french president nicolas sarkozy. in a flash, a man grabs sarkozy, almost yanks him to the ground. it happened while sarkozy was shaking hands in southern france today. guards quickly tackled that man. the united states honors robert m. gates for his extraordinary leadership and for a lifetime of service and devotion to our nation. >> this ask a big surprise for defense secretary robert gates
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today. his last day on the job, president obama awarded him the medal of freedom at a pentagon farewell ceremony. this is the highest award that the president can give a civilian. hundreds of thousands of teachers, air traffic controllers and other public workers are on strike in great britain today. schools are shut. airline flights delayed. the workers are furious over changes to their pension plan. they say they're going to work longer but get less at retirement. greece's parliament today approved ways to implement a package of steep tax increases and deep spending cuts. european countries demanded the measures before they'd give greece a second bailout. athens' streets have been relatively quiet today, unlike the past two days. two journalists and their interpreter arrived to applause
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as you can see in paris today. the taliban held the group hostage in afghanistan for 18 months. france is not saying how the government got them out except to say that they did not pay a ransom. >> translator: i'm very well. i'm good in mind and body. we had no idea how long we were going to be kept in captivist, but we could have kept going. rhode island's governor is set to sign a bill legalizing civil unions. if he does it today, the law takes effect tomorrow. now, it grants many of the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples but organizations with religious ties can ignore parts of the law. tropical storm arlene pushed into central mexico today with top winds howling at 65 miles an hour. arlene will bring as much as 12 inches of rain to mexico's
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mountains, possibly triggering flash floods and mud slides. want to circle back to our lead story. final witnesses being called in casey anthony's murder trial. the defense says it plans to rest its case today. our carol costello outside the courthouse in orlando. carol, i know you usually do talkback, but you've got double duty. we're now hearing from a woman who allegedly had an affair with casey anthony's father, she took the stand. what happened today, carol? >> reporter: she did take thesu. she was just dismissed after a short time, after about an hour of sometimes testy testimony. this woman, krystal hollow way claims she had an extramarital affair with george anthony. one night in her home george anthony allegedly said to her, about what p happened to caylee anthony, that it was an accident that spiralled out of control. simple allegation?
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nothing is simple in this case, as you know. was the accident george allegedly talked about something he actually witnessed, or was he talking in the hypothetical? listen as prosecutors cross-examined krystal hollow way. >> i just told you that what he said -- i never erab ra relabor anything else. i never said that he said anything else other than what he said. >> other than he believed that it was an accident that snowballed out of control and she tried to cover it up. that's all he said? >> that's not what he said. he said it was an accident that snowballed out of control. >> but he didn't claim that he actually was there or knew that. >> you're right. i agree with you. he didn't. >> he said he believed it. >> no, he did not say he believed it. >> reporter: now, george anthony has denied ever havi an affair with this woman and he's denied ever saying anything about an accident. we wondered if he would be in court today because everybody
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suspected that krystal hollow way would take the stand, suzanne. indeed george anthony was in court, citing right beside his wife cindy anthony. lee anthony sitting beside his mother. no discernible reaction from the anthonys during this testimony. other problems with this witness, suzanne? in a pretrial deposition, krystal hollow way denied having' sexu oouual affair with george anthony. she denied it. i'm just getting word that george anthony is taking the stand again. so i want to get back in there. i want to finish this, though. the other thing prosecution brought up as to ms. hollow way, she sold her story to the "national enquirer" for $4,000. he alleges she did that, she made up this affair to make that money for telling her story. now i've got to go and listen to george anthony. he's taking the stand for the sixth time. >> carol, thank you so much. i want to bring our viewers inside the courtroom to listen
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once again to george anthony who's taken the stand le. let's listen. >> anyone during the time at the command center bring duct tape to the command center? >> which command center? which location, sir, are you talking about? >> the location that was shown in the video. >> which location is that, sir? >> if i could have a moment. >> sir, you didn't recognize that location in the video as being close to your home? >> sir, i'm asking the location. we had numerous command centers that were moved around. >> 4466 north john young parkway in orlando. >> no, sir, we never had one there. >> so where was that video taken, then? >> sir, i'm just commenting about the video you're talking about. i have no idea where it was taken, but it wasn't on john young parkway.
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>> so was that a publics where you were at in that video? >> yes, sir, it was a publics. >> do you know which publics that was? >> no, sir. we had different locations we went to. >> how many different publics did you go to, sir? >> at least two that i can remember. >> so there's two. there's not 50. >> i just answered you two. >> where are these two locations? >> there's one on chickasaw, north chickasaw, by lake underhill, also by we curry ford road. >> do you know which one of those two that video was taken at? >> not at this time, no, sir, i don't. >> and at that location at that time in the first week of august 2008, where was your command center? >> we had one at the corner of lake underhill and chickasaw, north chickasaw. >> at that location, did anybody else bring hankle brand duct tape to your command center, sir?
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>> i have no idea. >> you have no idea. >> no. >> and you have no idea if that's your duct tape. >> i have no idea, sir. i just answered that. >> sir, i'd like to ask you if when you -- you came from ohio, right? >> yes. >> that's the same placehankle brand duct tape is made. >> i have no idea where it's made. >> when you lived in ohio, did you have a dog named mandy? objection. relevance having a dog in ohio. >> i will be tying in. >> i'd like to approach. >> approach. >> you're watching live pictures
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of the casey anthony trial. as you see, they are approaching the bench right now. we're taking a look at casey anthony as well to just get her feelings and reaction as this goes on. her father, george anthony, has taken the stand again. want to bring in our legal expert holly hughes just to tell us very briefly, what is the significance of having him on once again on the defense eside? >> what they're trying to do is bring the jury back to the alleged murder weapon, the duct tape. jose baez said in his opening, folg the duct tape. so what he's trying to do -- because i think this river cruz lady, it fell fla. it was sort of a fizzleout, not the big blockbuster. she ed, we had an affair. he said, no we didn't. i want to stee something that proves it if you're putting her on the stand. i don't want he said/she said. show me the pictures, show someone who saw you kissing and hugging. right now we have a she said/he
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said. the defense realizes that. they bring george up. let's make him the villain again. >> why is the duct tape significant, to put that into george's handzs? >> because the prosecution alleges that the duct tape was the murder weapon that the defendant casey anthony wrapped around her little baby's skull and covered up her nose, the nasal passages, and the mouth so she couldn't breathe. they're saying that's how the baby died. she wassmothered with duct tape. what the defense wants to do is take that tape out of casey anthony and show george had care, control of the duktd tape. he used it to tape up missing posters which is where we see them headed in the questioning. that's what the videotape is about they took outside of publics because somebody shows the missing poster and it has the tape putting up the poster.
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they're saying, casey is in jail. you have the duct tape. therefore you must be the one that put it on caylee's mouth. >> what is the significance of the mistress? >> let's face it it, suzanne. we are a forgiving people. we forgave president clinton, okay, for having affairs. it's not germane to anything unless you're married to him. i mean, cindy might have an issue with it. but the rest aof us, does it go to whether or not this defendant casey anthony is guilty of murder? no. but what the defense wants to do is dirty up george anthony by making him seem like a liar and deceptive. >> okay. let's listen in. >> -- that dog buried? >> in our yard where we used to live at. >> did you pick the dog up at the vet? >> yes.
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>> and was the dog wrapped in a blanket? >> to the best of my recollection, probably, yes. >> was the dog then placed in a plastic bag? >> i don't remember it that exactly, but the dog was deceased and the dog was taken to our home and placed there, yes. >> was it also wrapped in duct tape? >> sir, i have no idea. you're going back almost 30 years here, sir. 25, 30 years. >> and was that before casey was born? >> yes. >> when you moved here, did you have a dog named beau? >> yes. >> and how was beau buried? >> objection. can we have a time? >> sustained. rephrase the question. >> when did beau pass away? >> i can't remember the exact year, sir. >> was it 15 years ago, 10 years
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ago? >> could have been 15 or more years ago. >> how old was casey at that time? >> somewhere in the neighborhood of about 4 or 5 years old. i'm just roughly guessing here. >> and was beau buried in a blanket in a plastic bag wrapped with duct tape? >> i do not remember him exactly what he was exactly buried in. we took him to a veterinarian because he was in distress. he was dying. >> did you have a cat named penny? >> yes. >> was penny buried if in a plastic bag with duct tape wrapped around it? >> no. >> what about ginger? >> no. >> was that a dog or a cat? >> that's a dog. >> was ginger wrapped in a bag with duct tape wrapped around it? >> i don't remember exactly how
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the -- our animals were finally put to rest. i can't answer that exactly, precisely to you. >> what about cinnamon? >> again, that would be the same answer. >> and misty. >> never had a dog misty. >> when you found out that your granddaughter was found with a blank blanket and with plastic bag and with duct tape, did you tell law enforcement at any time over the last three years that that is the way you used to bury your pets? >> objection. improper leading.
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of. >> they're now taking a quick sides bar. holly, explain to us, what is the significance of the line of questioning here, how all of the pets had been buried by george anthony in the past, some as late as 25 years ago. >> well, remember, suzanne, the way the body was recovered, the body of little caylee, who is our victim in this case, 2 1/2 years old, little child, her body was found wrapped in a blanket, wrapped in plastic bags, and duct tape inside of that bag on her skull. what the defense is trying to do is show that george anthony is the one who got rid of that body, he's the one that put little caylee in the woods because she's buried in the same fashion he used to bury the family pets in. >> the plastic bag, blanket and duct tape. >> right. they're trying to draw that parallel. it's going to back fire because prosecution will get p up and say, was your daughter casey
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aware that you buried the family pets this way, did you engage in this practice in front of her? did she see you do this? so again the defense is sloppy. these are questions, suzanne, that could have been asked the first three times they called him to the stand. this defense is like a fart in a blizzard. i mean, excuse me, it's all over the place. who can follow this nonsense? the state had to call them out of order because they needed to chronologically progress through telling the story. first the child goes missing, then she's discovered, then the search. he doesn't have to do this. he can ask all of these questions at one time. this is crazy. it's distracting. >> we're actually going to be monitoring this as it continues. holly, thank you. stay with us, of course, as we get -- if we see bombshells, we'll bring you back into it. there are more stories we're following for the next two hours. next, tens of thousands hit the streets over plans to cut their pensions. we are live from the protests in londnd. and the government lists high-cost schools as the cost of
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college tuition is skyrocketing. then, why this picture of a rifle means a seattle police officer has a lot of explaining to do. later, why an fda panel said no to the anti-cancer drug avastin. and u.s. outposts in afghanistan comes under fire by the our embedded reporter naik payton walsh sees it all. >> reporter: the last attack was long enough ago there's panic. they're worried the taliban have been preparing a big one.
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of. back to the courtroom, they've called cindy anthony, the grandmother in this case. she's back on the stand. let's take a listen. >> and how was she wrapped or do you know the circumstances surrounding that? how she was buried? >> yes. i made an appointment to take her -- she had been very ill and i knew she was going to be
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placed down because that was a conversation before i took her to the vet. and they told me to bring something that i might want to put her with, like a stuffed animal or blanket or whatever. so i brought a blanket we actually had -- she was my first baby, actually, before i had the kids. so you know how pets become your babies. i had bought a baby blanket for her, so that blanket i took with her to the vet and i was holding mandy when they gave her the injection. then they took her from me and the blanket. i don't know how they put her, but i received her back. she was already wrapped in black plastic with like packing tape over it. >> was it duct tape? >> no, sir.
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>> and did you have a dog named beau? >> yes. >> and that was when you moved here to florida? >> yes. >> and when did beau pass away? >> the summer -- the summer of 1990. >> and how was beau buried? >> we buried him in the backyard. >> was it also with a black plastic bag and duct tape? >> again, beau was taken to the vet and i was at work. george and casey took beau to the vet when he was in distress, and the vet -- he actually died on the table while the vet was looking at him. and the vet secured him and then later that evening when i got home from work he was already ready to be buried. so george and i and the kids had a little ceremony in the back.
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>> and how old were the kids? >> lee was in first grade and casey was -- it was our first summer there so i think she had just had her fourth birthday. >> and was the pet buried in a plastic bag with tape wrapped around it? >> i believe it was in black plastic. i'll not sure if it was a bag but it was black plastic and again with tape. >> and did you have any other pets that were buried that way? >> well, there was no other pets that the vet had secured for us. the rest of the ones we did on our own. >> and how would you do those? >> pretty much the same way. if we didn't have a blanket or something we had like a towel or something that we would use, like if we gave them a bath or whatever, a special towel we had set aside for them.
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ginger, cinnamon were buried with a towel. i think we may have put one of the -- a toy, favorite toy, with one of the cocker spanispaniels. we put them in a couple of layers of plastic garbage bags and wrapped them with clear packing tape. >> did you ever tell me that they were wrapped in duct tape? >> your honor, objection. >> withdraw the question. >> sustained. >> are there any other -- would that be the rest of the pets that you had, all buried the same way? >> penny, my cat, in 2009 passed and i put him in actually one of caylee's hooded pa eed bath tow.
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it was very special to me, and i placed him in that and then put him in the plastic bags and then wrapped him with packing tape. >> no further questions. >> cross-examination? >> thank you. good morning, mrs. anthony. >> good morning. >> i take it that you did not euthanize your own pets with chloroform. >> no, ma'am, we did not. >> objection, move to strike. >> we're talking about how the animals became deceased. >> sustained. >> did you put duct tape on any of the animal faces prior to their burial? >> no, ma'am. >> cinnamon and ginger were two cocker spaniels? >> yes, ma'am. >> mom and baby? >> yes, ma'am. >> and they passed away within six months of each other, correct? >> approximately.
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>> the fist rst in the fall of 2003, is that accurate? >> i think so. >> and the other either in the winter or spring of 2004. >> yes, ma'am. >> your daughter casey would have been a senior in high school at that time, correct? >> yes. >> and casey assisted you in wrapping either cinnamon or ginger or both, correct? >> i bref she was present. i think it was george and i who actually p wrapped the dogs. >> well, the reason for putting the tape around the bag was so that the bag would be compact for burial, correct? >> yes. >> and you said this was a family tradition? correct? >> pretty much, to have them -- i mean, i -- i buried mandy in our backyard in ohio, and if we
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would have stayed there and had more animals we would have probably had one spot. when we moved to florida, we designated a spot at our home that if any of the animals passed we would put them there, if possible. >> but this is something that your family did for a period of years that your children were aware of, correct? >> yes. we even had a dog not really a headstone but george had found a dog made of stone that we kind of marked the spots. >> a little memorial marker in the yard for the dog. >> yes, ma'am. >> and was casey present when the dogs were buried? >> i'm not sure if she was present for cinnamon and ginger. both of them. but i believe she was present at one of them. and i know she was present with beau. she was not present with mandy.
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>> that was the late '80s. >> yeah. that was in the '80s. because she was little. i had her with neighbors. george was working and i came home and buried her myself because i didn't want the kids -- they didn't even know she was put down. i wanted to wait and tell them. >> but definitely by the time she's a senior in high school she was aware of the burial and the methods of burial in the yard. >> yes, ma'am. >> that's all i have, your honor. >> redirect? >> -- used to secure the top of the bag so it wouldn't open? >> the tape was placed around the bags in two locations, the top and the bottom, so that the -- when we rolled it to keep the air out so that, you know -- we were trying to keep things from getting into the bag so we
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placed tape like at thirds, one third and two-thirds. >> no further questions. >> may the witness be excused? >> yes. >> thank you, ma'am. you may be excused. >> thank you. >> holly, i want to ask you. how successful were these two witnesses, particularly cindy anthony, in describing how the pets were buried? clearly it looked like they were trying to draw a parallel about how the little girl caylee was found and buried and how the previous pets were found and buried. >> right. this is another example of the defense shooting themselves in the foot, in my opinion, because they want to make a big deal that clearly george must have done this to caylee's body because this is how the pets were buried. but the first thing they get up and do on cross-examination is say, okay, but casey was aware of all of this. casey was present for these. she saw how the bodies were
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wrapped. you know, linda drain burdick, the prosecutor, i've got to tell you she went for the jugular. her first question was, but you didn't euthanize your own pets with chloroform, did you? of course not. proving once again this was an intentional killing. >> now we have the brother lee anthony taking the stand again. let's listen in. >> how old were you when mandy passed away in ohio? >> very young. 3, 4. >> do you even remember that happening? >> not in particular, no. >> when was the first time that you remember your family having to bury a pet? >> i don't remember being present for beau. i remember we had to bury him, but i don't remember being present for him. same goes for ginger. i wasn't here. but i was here when cinnamon was
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buried. >> and how was cinnamon buried? >> i buried her in our backyard. >> and was she in a plastic bag with duct tape? >> she was in a black plastic bag, and i do recall there being duct tape used to secure the g bag. >> duct tape wasn't used -- i'll withdraw that. were there any other pets that you were present for the burial. >> the only other pet that i was present for the brill buurial w that my grandmother had, similar circumstances, but that was given to us by the vet. no other family pet that i can recall being present for the burial or if i was i was too young to remember. >> and how was that pet given to you? from your grandmother's.
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>> it was also in a black plastic like garbage bag. it was taped, i believe it was more of a clear tape, and it was very cold. she was kind of on ice until we picked her up. >> who was in charge of burying your family pets? >> typically would have been any parents. >> i have no funch questirther >> cross-examination? >> none. >> may the witness be excused? thank you, sir. you may be excused. >> you may. >> we are still waiting to see
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if the defense is going to call any additional witnesses. until they say that they have concluded or wrapped up, there is still the possibility or potential that they will call additional folks to the stand. clearly holly the question we've been asking from day one is whether or not casey anthony would take the stand, whether or not that'ses a good idea. we heard this theory about how the pet wassor buried and they were trying to draw a parallel between how the pets were buried and how caylee was found and buried. is there anything left for the defense now? are there any other possible lifrpg links other theories they could throw out? >> i can't see anything left, suzanne. i think that's why they've approached the bench. i think what's going on here is they are telling the judge, we have no more witnesses. now is the time for you to advise the defendant on the record of her rights. there have to be certain things told to the defendant. she has to be told outside the presence of the jury she has the right to testify but she also has the right to remain silent.
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she does not have to get up and testify. it's completely her right. nobody can force her but the decision is hers and hers alone. i think they're probably saying, let's do that now, judge. >> we'll return to this after the break. we've got some other news. whitey bulger says that while in hiding he traveled back to boston armed to the teeth to take care of unfinished business. i'm going to talk to a man who says this infamous boston mob boss wanted him dead.
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is. >> james "whitey" bulger will finally stand charges of murder.
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bulger is demanding the judge put a clamp down on federal agents talking about his case to the media. now, he argues that he can't get a fair trial with all of this information being leaked. so what leaks is he talking about? well, it is now public knowledge that bulger took trips to las vegas, boston and mexico while in hiding. he also says he went to boston, quote, armed to the teeth to take care of some unfinished business. we now know that bulger hid more than $100,000 in the walls of his home -- $800,000 in the walls of his santa monica home and stashed cash away with people that he trusted. bulger is asking for a public defender but prosecutors say he should be able to pay for his own lawyer. howie carr is a radio host columnist with the boston herald. he has written exclusively and extensively about bulger. thanks for being here.
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your reaction when you heard this guy is finally caught. >> well, i was very happy. i thought they'd get him eventually. they had a $2 million reward on him. usually that turns up someone who will inform on a fugitive. i didn't expect him to be in the u.s. i thaut he was gone from the u.s. since 1996. that surprised me greatly that he was hiding in plain sight as it it were. >> howie, why did he want you dead? >> i was writing a lot about his brother billy bulger, the president of the massachusetts state senate. a lot of billy's power seemed to emanate from are the fact that he had this murderous, blood-thirsty gangster hipped him as the mayor of boston once said, if my brother threatened to kill you, you'd be nothing but nice to me. i put quotes like that into the paper and whoitey took offense and put out awe contract on my life.
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but it was never fulfilled, thankfully. >> why do you suppose he neve acted on that? why you're still alive today? >> i think i was not at the p top of the hit list, so to speak. if i had made a mistake, if i ended p up drunk in south boston at closing time where he lived, they might have are taken me out. or if i had taken the same route home every night, they would have been able to figure out where to hick pick me p up but you learn little tricks when someone is looking to kill you. people want to meet with you. you say, nah, i won't meet with you. you don't want people to catch you flat-footed. i was pretty lucky, i admit it. >> you actually evaded this guy for years an years. you were moving around? >> yeah. well, i had to drive by him to get from one of my jobs to another one of my jobs. i had to go by his liquor store and he'd often be standing out
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in front. he'd knew who he was. he would stare at me and my car. they told my friends who went into the liquor store that the gangsters owned that if i ever went in there they'd chop me p up and put me in a dumpster. but the problem was, in those days in boston, the fbi was pretty are much controlled by whitey bulger, the gangster, and the boston police were somewhat controlled. they were totally corrupt, but bulger had some guys there are. and the state police had to worry about their funding from billy bulger, the senate president who was whitey's bu e brother. so there wasn't really any cops you could go to in boston in the 1980s if you had this problem. you just had to ride it out by yourself. >> howie, you must be breathing a sigh of relief or not? not so much. >> i was. i was extremely happy when he went on the lam back in 1995, about i always wondered where he was. it was somewhat disconcerting
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this week when they said he had come back to boston armed to the teeth. although they may have just been brave talk from a man who's shackled now and looking to spend the rest of his life in prison. >> howie carr, thank you for joining us. there have been some emotional cars to keep a drug available for breast cancer patients. >> i believe the health of thousands of women, they would actually die, if you withdraw aswrast avastin from gt market. >> an advisory market suggests taking avastin off the market for breast cancer treatment. we'll tell you what that means for patients.
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i'm not just a piece of anecdotal information. i'm a mother, wife, aunt. i never thought in the united states i would have to beg for a drug keeping me and many others alive. please approve avastin for a treatment for my disease. what if i was your wife, your mother, your sister, your friend? and what if i was your grammy? >> after two days of often emotional testimony, an fda panel recommends that the drug avastin lose its approval for treatment of women with advanced breast cancer. and some women with broadcast cancer swear by this drug. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us. elizabeth, fist of all, what does this mean for women who have breast cancer now? >> what the fda did yesterday will likely mean that women who want to keep taking avastin or want to start avastin will have to pay for it out of their own pocket because insurers will say, well, geez, the fda didn't
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approve it, if that's what ends up happening, doesn't put it on their list of approved drugs for metastatic breast cancer. we don't want to pay for it. it's $90,000 a year. >> that's so tough. >> most people can't afford that. >> some breast cancer survivors are not big fans of this. what are they saying? >> we heard from the woman who said, this saved my life. keep it on the market. other breast cancer patients say, the data is clear that this drug does not prolong life. why are you having it out there? it just raises false hopes. let's hear from one of them. >> it does not significantly keep the disease at bay. it surely is not a cure and it does not extend life. the drug does raise false expectations and does detract from focusing on other research that may produce effective lifesaving drugs. >> so this woman does not believe that this is a bad idea. you met a woman last year who says that this drug did work for
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her, but her story did not end in a good way. >> no, it didn't. i met a woman named ronni, a lovely woman with a young child. she said avastin was responsible for giving her an approximately extra year and a half of life. you can see her with her daughter. she said, look, it it's a year and a half, but that's what i want did wiwith my kid. that gives me time with my beautiful daughter. ed sadly, she died six months after i saw her. did she get an extra year and a half from avastin? maybe. maybe it was the other drugs she was taking. she believes avastin played a role and she believes the insurance company was write to pay for it. >> what does the drugmaker say? >> they point out it's just the fda panel. not the commissioner. they're hoping the commissioner will disagree with the panel. that's unlikely. the panel was unanimous. it doesn't happen all that often. my guess is the commissioner will agree and say avastin
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after taking a ribbing from the president about their work ethic, congress is it now postponing a vacation to work on the national debt. our kate bould wlduan part of t
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best political team on television, she is live from capitol hill. kate, this was jessica yellin's question to the president yesterday, are they going to stick to the august 2nd deadline, what are they going to do? the president shot back, hey, guys, i'm working. you've got to work, too. what's going on? >> reporter: more than just announcing canceling the break, they may be feeling the pressure a bit. senate majority leader harry reid announced this morning they'll be canceling their planned july fourth break, next week, in order to be in session to continue working on the negotiations on the debt talks and the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. the criticism it seems that came from the president was really it seemed aimed at house republicans who are out this week but back much of next. it seems that the senate is feeling the first consequences of this. but listen to the remark by the president. a very strong critique of congress for going out of town while these issues remain
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unresolved, this being a response from him to a response from our jessica yellin. >> they're in one week, they're out one week. then they're saying, obama's got to step in. you need to they're saying obam has to step in. you need to be here. i've been here. i have been doing afghanistan and bin laden, and the greek crisis. you stay here. let's get it done. >> reporter: it seems cranking up the political jockeying even more, political leader mitch mcconnell took the floor and invited the president to come to the capitol to continue these talks to get the work done, if you will, and saying in part the president says he wants to get working, i can't think of a better way than to have him come over and hear directly of us about the elective realities, and the realities mcconnell says
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he's dealing with, anything that amounts to a tax increase, in whatever package will come out will not pass the house. he says that's why the debate continues. >> both tough talk on both sides, here, i guess trying to shame the other into getting more involved. i know mark calprin, he had tough choice words and tough talk about what the president said this morning. created a little buzz and controversy, huh, indicate? >> and quite a bit of fallout, if you will. he was on msnbc's morning joe this morning, and in trying to characterize how the president did at the press conference did, he had a crude characterization, calling the president a word starting with a "d," and we won't repeat it here, as it's a
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crude characterization of anybody, and he apologized to the show and to the show and viewers, but msnbc has come out today and said he suspended him from his role of being an analysts for msnbc calling the comment inappropriate and unacceptable. we should add that "time" magazine, his employer is a parent company of cnn. >> for the latest political news, you know where to go. cnnpolitics.com. [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. so, why would you let something like erectile dysfunction get in your way? isn't it time you talked to ? 20 million men already have. with every age comes respons.
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if you don't take your responsibility to the fullest, one of our friends might die. love you all, take care, and take care of each other and i will be home soon. >> this is heartbreaking. that was the marine's last words. he sent this video home to his family in texas. it came two weeks before he was killed in afghanistan. >> i have ran out of tears right now. that was my one and only son, and i loved him so much. >> he was to have come home in
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october. well, it's another painful reminder of the dangers american troops face at war. we go deep into taliban territory for an exclusive look of the fighting happening on the frontlines. >> reporter: every year you look the choices are not good. if the americans leave, militants from pakistan will flow through the valley, and if they stay, every few days this happens. the mortars hit the base. the last attack was long enough ago that there is panic, and they are worried the taliban have been preparing a big one. the insurgents are being attacked from all sides.
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they use mortars first, aiming for taliban, but the incoming fire is very accurate here. >> as soon as they go, drop that! >> reporter: but the bullets are too close. >> never mind! >> reporter: locals scatter, just before huge american firepower has the last word. >> oh, whew. >> reporter: america new why it came here, but isn't sure why it's staying. >> can we get a police call,
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like cigarettes. >> reporter: ten minutes later, jets swoop in. a show of force, but the taliban are either now gone or dead, at least five killed by the soldiers' count. and the next morning, it starts again. for the second time in 15 hours, this is under attack. much heavier this time and it appears they have taken casualties. more air strikes, and this valley is vital strategically, but doesn't want to be conquered. the medics fly in to collect one soldier, and his injuries are not life-threatening. theris no victory to be had here, though. just a question of how long they will stay growing louder.
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today. the defense tried to show george anthony buried pets in the same way caylee anthony was buried, using duct tape. >> was the dog then placed in a plastic bag? >> i don't remember that exactly, but the dog was deceased and the dog was taken to our home, and placed there. >> was it also wrapped in duct tape? >> sir, i have no idea. you're going back almost 30 years here, sir. scuffles on the streets of london. hundreds of thousands of teachers, air traffic controllers and other public workers are on strike in great britain today. workers are furious over changes to their pension plan. they say they will work longer but get less at retirement.
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>> after two rough and tumble days on the streets of athens, things calm down today. greece's parliament approved ways to watch the budget cuts. u.s. stocks are rallying now for a fourth day now that it appears greece will headoff default. and a scare for nicholas sarkozy. it happened while he was shaking hands with a man in southern france. guard tackled the man quickly. and then officials say hazardous materials at the nuclear facility are protected and do not pose a radiation risk. >> we believe that we can
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protect those, and foam them, if in fact they do catch fair, and there will be no release of any toxic materials. the united states honors robert m. gates, for a lifetime of service to our nation. >> a big surprise. president obama awarded him a medal of freedom, and it's the highest award the president can give a civilian. and the last day on the payroll for 354 milwaukee school teachers. in addition to these layoffs, the school district is not going to fill 500 open positions. intense courtroom drama today in casey anthony's murder trial. you heard from the mom and dad
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and a woman that said she had an affair with the dad while they were searching for the body of 2-year-old caylee. carol costello outside the courthouse. once you think you have seen it all you see something else that totally shocks you. today was the focus on how they buried their pets. tell us the significance of this? >> reporter: they had a lot of pets who died. let me run this by you first, though. the defense did not rest their case. the judge called an early lunch and the speculation is maybe defense attorneys are talking about casey anthony and the judge about her possibly taking the stand. i have no idea if that's happening but that's the speculation here. what i do know that happened in court today, crystal holloway took the stand. she alleges she had an affair with george anthony, and while
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that was happening george told her caylee's death was an accident that spiralled out of control. listen. >> how much money did you or some member of your family get from the "national enquirer" for selling your story? >> $4,000. >> that was just for talking to them? >> yes, sir. >> did other news oerg nrganiza that don't pay request interviews for you? >> as well as the ones that do. >> and you chose the "national enquirer"? >> yes, he gave me the chance to explain everything in detail, unlike the news media that edit things. >> you felt that the "national enquirer" was the one news source that you could trust to tell your story and not sensationalize it, is that your testimony? >> sir, i took what i could
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because i was being trashed in the media as it was. >> so she went to the "national enquirer" to tell the "national enquirer" her story and was indeed paid $4,000. george anthony took the stand again, and so did cindy and lee anthony, and they all testified about how they buried the family pets in black plastic wrapped in tape, and as you know caylee anthony's body was disposed of in a black plastic bag, and there was duct tape somewhere within the bag. the court readjourns at 1:30 eastern time, and i will be here to pass along any new information, or if casey anthony takes the stand. >> yeah a. lot of speculation. everybody waiting to see if that will happen before they actually rests. we will bring you back as soon
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as anything happens, carol. thank you, and we appreciate it. tens of thousands of workers hit the streets to complain about planned pension cuts. we will go live to london. a security breach. a passenger boards a u.s. flight with a bogus i.d. and boarding pass, and then our cnn in depth, the face of a changing america. what life is like in a multicultural san antonio, texas, town. is your biological clock ticking or done ticking? why older dads need to worry as well. mating turtles choose an airport runway to get busy. [ waves crashing ]
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same old story. same old story. >> hundreds of thousands of people are walking off the job in the uk today. british teachers, air traffic controllers and other government workers are hitting the streets in a massive union-backed strike. they are marching against changes to the country's pension system as the government tries to reign in a budget crisis and it's the biggest strike in london since the 1920s. dan, tell us what is going on. >> reporter: well, things are kind of beginning to wind down now. but at the height here in central london, the police estimate there was some 20,000 public sector workers angry at the changes to their pension schemes, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, really. across the country, we're being
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told 750,000 public sector workers walked off the job furious with the proposed changes. they ranged from teachers in the public sector to university lecturers, and immigration officials, and even people conducting driving tests, some staff at prison and some non-police officers, and support staff involved, so very wide ranging, involving a lot of people never that have gone on strike before and some unions that have never been on strike before, and let's listen to why they were so angry. >> well, i'm too old to end my career now, and this is about me ending my career, and feeling the reward of all i worked for, and it's also what i know is happening further down, because we have a situation where young people are not going to want to come into this profession.
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>> fantastic turnout to show the government how wrong they will be about teachers' pensions. we don't need to have our pension rights changed and we worked hard and a long time to get the pensions that we have got. we do a great job for this country. we're at the forefront of what is happening in the future, and the kids are what will be happening tomorrow, and the government doesn't want to pay us for it. >> reporter: these public sector workers are saying they will have to work longer, and pay more and get less out when they do require, and many feel it's a big betrayal. and the government says they are not affordable anymore, and they have to pay down the deficit, and the axe has to fall somewhere and it's going to be here. >> are they able to get around, or are schools shut down, people
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frozen where they are? >> reporter: well, yeah, there has been 12,000 school closures or partial closures. that's almost half the total in england and whales. we understand there could be long delays, for example, heathrow airport, the people that check your passport when you arrive have walked off the job. there is going to be disruption to a lot of other public services as well, and art galleries closing and so forth. it's not affecting the transport within the country, as far as we are aware, but affecting the schools and universities the most, and parents have to arrange care for the kids if the kids cannot go to school, and will it be major disruption for millions across britain today. >> thank you, dan. some of the stories the
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affiliates we're covering around the country. loughner's lawyers argue it violates his rights by forcing him to take medication. loughner is charged with killing six people and wounding 13, including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. last month a judge ruled loughner was not competent to stand trial. and then officials trying to figure out what caused this train to derail. nobody was hurt. and city officials trying to figure out who is going around covering things with yarn. they call it yarn bombing. they have found statues covered with yarn and even parking meters. weird.
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call edge education gets more expensive every year. but how much is tuition rising? well, there is a ranking of costs and asking colleges to explain themselves. what do you think stood out when you looked at the site? >> well, it's finally about time these colleges lay it out about what their tuition costs are. you can comparison shop when looking for a car or house, so why not a university. what i am talking about is a new website. it's called college affordability and transparency
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center. if you want to go to it, go to collegecosts.ed. you go on and click on a four-year public school and then the highest tuition, and a list pops up and you get penn state add $14,000, and you can do that with a private school, and click on the highest costs, you see bates college in maine. >> wish we had that back in the day when i went. a little harder back then. is this about parents being able to comparative shop or about accountability? what is the emphasis behind this? >> i think it's a little bit of both. not only do you get the up-to-date tuition costs, and it shows what the college's track record has been as raising tuition, because it gives you a better idea about how much the
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school will raise costs in the future. you can see the tick up on the tuition costs, as schools are hiking tuition as much as 50%. >> i have a riddle for you. >> a riddle? >> i do. why did the turtle cross the runway? >> why did it cross the runway? to get to the other side? >> to get to the beach and other things as well. we have a story. about 150 turtles delayed flights on jfk on wednesday, and they clog the runway every year as they slowly make their way to jamaica bay to mate, and this ritual makes for interesting conversation between the tower and pilots.
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>> so they are just making their way across the runway. >> you know what is funny? >> what is that? >> it's the slowest animal possible. it cannot be like another animal that runs fast, right? >> like a rabbit, yeah, a turtle. >> the markets are in rally mode. the dow up 138 points. this is after greece's passing of the austerity measures, and wall street rallying on that continuing news. >> we have everything for you, and we have stock markets and crossing turtles and all that good stuff. >> throw it all in. the kitchen sink.
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i was put on an aspirin, and it's part of my regimen now. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go see your doctor now. here's a rundown for some of the stories we're working on. next, george and cindy anthony are called back to the stand in their daughter's murder trial. they were asked about how they disposed of their pets after they died. and then a stubborn wildfire burning near the nuclear lab. right now, we want to get back to the casey anthony murder trial. her father, george, and mother, cindy, they were both called back to the stand again today. their testimony were centered on
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how the family pets were buried in the past, but most of the morning we heard from a woman that said she had an affair with george anthony. he denies a romantic relationship with crystal hallway, and she testified he confided in her. >> i did not think he could raise somebody that was capable of harming her child, and that's when he said it was an accident that snowballed out of control, and i was caught off guard with it, and by the time i looked up he had tears in his eyes and i did not say anything after that. >> holly hughes joins us. explain to our viewers about this woman that we just saw on the stand. was she convincing? did she help the defense? >> this is crystal holloway that was testifying. we just saw a clip of her. and i don't think that she was, suzanne. she was supposed to be the big bombshell that was going to
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imbeach george anthony, and impeach is a legal term that says prove you're a liar. she took money for interviews from the "national enquirer," and she did not insert herself in the case until after they were public figures, george and cindy unfortunately thrusts into the limelight because of tragedy, and i will say to lighten up the mood a little bit, crystal holloway has what we call an alias, another name she goes by, and the other name that she goes by is river cruz. that got me to thinking. everybody should have an alias. i have one for you. you are will car ride and i will be car trip. we have river cruz covered. no, she is is not effective. >> tell us about the whole line of questioning.
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you had george, and cindy, and lee, the brother, all of them being requested about how the family pets -- and they were a ton of them it seems like that died in their care, and they buried with plastic and duct tape. why is that significant? >> they are trying to blame it on george. they are claiming accidental drowning, and george, he is the one that takes the body and disposes of it, and casey doesn't have anything to do with it. casey, the prosecution says, she wrapped the duct tape along her mouth, and she was buried in a canvas bag and then two plastic bags and then duct tape, and she was buried with a blanket. george is the one that buried them with a blanket, and in bags
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and duct tape. but it backfires. the prosecution gets up and says you did not chloroform your pets, yourself, obviously not, and you did not put tape over your pet's mouth, did you, and by the way, your daughter, casey, would have been present for awful that. in fact, she was a senior in high school, ie, old enough to have seen, comprehended and knew what was going on. it puts it right back on her. >> do you think casey will take the stand? >> no, i don't think so. i think she should as far as proofing their defense theory, but i think they will go with arguing reasonable doubt at this point. she's a loose canyon and would be torn apart on cross because she's a proven known liar. >> thank you, holly. appreciate it. she's a modern day stowaway. a man allegedly gets on a plane and flies across the country and
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no valid id and somebody else's boarding pass. and we have that story. jean, with all the focus on security these days, some are alarmed how this happened and the tsa missed it? >> that's right. first of all, law enforcement is saying at this point there is nothing to indicate there was terrorism involved here but there does appear to have been some major malfunction of security, because this individual who is identified in an fbi affidavit was able to board a flight on june 24th. he boarded at jfk and flew on a virgin american flight to los angeles according to a couple people, they smelled an odor. this man did not have a valid id
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or ticket. they called law enforcement and they told the fbi law enforcement was waiting at the gate when that flight landed. they tried to investigate he or his luggage posed any threat. they did let him go. the fbi won't comment on its investigative techniques between that point and the point he was arrested, which was on june 29th. he was at lax, this time trying to board a delta flight that would take him to atlanta, but the gate agent there stopped him and said that he did not have a valid boarding pass. at that point, law enforcement stepped in and investigated and discovered he had more than 10 invaluid boarding passes in his bag. they are investigating why he had those and how he obtained them. he is charged with only being a stowaway. >> what is the airline saying about it? >> virgin america gave us a statement that they do acknowledge that there was a mistake on their part, and of
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course the boarding pass was supposed to be scanned, and somebody missed an alert and the passenger went on the plane. the flight crew was proactive and reached ahead and had them meet the plane and investigate what was going on here. >> okay. thank you. 90,000 acres burned in new mexico. but for the first time, there is some hope for firefighters on loss a los alamos. we have the best scoop on some of the best restaurants and travel around the world. so we go to a favorite science museum. >> i am about to show you one of the coolest places around atlanta, georgia, that you probably never heard of. the tellice science museum. i know you heard about the table
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that elements, and you heard about it but forgot about it. you get to see what every one of these elements does. what is this, indium? if that metal that is in your sprinkler head is melted it turns the sprinkler on. and then there are all kinds of things from all over the world, and especially in georgia. and there are a few places you see this sign. please touch. where is the "do not" in there? they want you to touch. look at that. that's a huge piece of petrified wood. and back over here, another piece of petrified wood. all about the earth in this side. and dinosaurs as well. and if you come here, you can hit this. it says right here, hit here.
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you make your own earthquake, and a couple aftershocks, too. kind of cool. and then you take a look at the world. the world from the top of the world, where you look down at the google earth and some clouds, and then you take a look from the inside, the crusts, and places i never heard of. the lower mantal and outer core. chad meyers, cnn, cartersville, georgia. i ate breakfast and got heartburn, third day this week.
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> > first signs of optimism for those fighting the wildfire in lo los alamos. >> reporter: well, the news so far is very optimistic out of los alamos this morning.
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yesterday as we go to the video, you will see they did set up a couple preventtive burns around the western half of the laboratory ground itself and did a great job. apparently so good, in fact, lolos alamos fire chief says things are going good on the ground, but the threat remains for other parts of the area. it's at 3% containment. weather does not look that good for those battling the blaze. they will be dealing with strong winds in the afternoon. very low humidity with the best shot of rainfall moving back into the area as we get into next week. speaking of moving back in, this area will return to normalcy, people might be able to get back into their homes starting tomorrow and into the weekend. on top of the fire that is already burning, not to mention
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the heat, the wind and now potential new danger will come from the lightning. chad meyers is watching it all from the severe weather center. what are people faced with now? >> facing thunderstorms today, but no rain. what? how can it be a thunderstorm? so dry, the air goes up in the sky, but the rain cannot come out because by the time the rain gets to the ground it has evaporated, but there is still lightning all over the place, lightning in the firefighters' faces, and still creating fires in other places. winds are not so bad today. maybe 15-mile-per-hour gusts. they can handle that. something i don't think everybody realizes, how bad the situation is across the entire southern part of the united states. fires in georgia, and maybe fires into parts of the louisiana and alabama before it's done. look at all -- everywhere that is maroon is an exceptional
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drought. it has not been there bad in some areas since 1895. arlene, the tropical storm moved into mexico and will miss the firestorm. there will be something called the monsoon season. and winds will come up and sand over arizona and new mexico, but that wet season is three weeks away. >> love the story about the museum, by the way. >> one of my favorite places. >> i got to go there. >> i will take you there. >> thank you. the face of changing america. how san antonio may reflect the future for lots of american cities.
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cnn's in depth focus this week, the faces of changing america. we look at how the u.s. is changing on many levels. san antonio, texas has been multicultural for decades. we are joined from san antonio, and i have relatives out there, and they probably look just like the people you have been talking
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to. >> reporter: everybody claims a connection to san antonio. as we look at the census numbers and you look at where we have seen an influx of latino immigrants. you see it as a cultural clash in most places. but here in san antonio it's something they dealt with with hundreds of years, and they say they're well past the problems. it's fitting that for almost 300 years this spot in the cathedral has been the epicenter for san antonio. here rest the tombs of the heroes. and the mayor says that puts his city on the cutting edge today. >> there has been a terrific conflewance of cultures. all of this has come together in present day san antonio to provide a back drop of a city
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where people live together well and work well together. >> my family started the restaurant. >> when his grandparents immigrated to the united states, they worked for work in the historic market square. >> market square is like the island of san antonio. >> this is where the cortez family launched their empire. they have 600 employees, and a large mural that honors his family hangs inside. >> i have a dream of doing something to honor this american dream of my father. cortez says in san antonio, you will see the latino population blossoming. >> we need to invest in the american dream. i feel the latinos are going to have a lot to do with what this great country is all about.
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>> that influence is now growing. >> i think the best kept secret is here. >> it's the creative business spirit driving growth. 85% of the city's jobs are created by businesses with fewer than 20 employees. >> we work harder, i believe. because we don't think we're a major city. if anything, we're hungry, as a marketplace. i believe that's what is sustaining us and will sustain us for years to come. >> but the mayor says san antonio still has big dreams to reach. >> what we want is for this city to be a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the united states. >> reporter: one of the reasons city leaders believe they have been able to weather the economic storm better than most places around the country,
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unemployment here is 2% below the national average, and still higher than what they would like to see, but they feel given what the country has been through, they are doing good. the police department is promising a full investigation into an embarrassing situation photographed by a bystander. commanders want to know how something like this could happen. ♪ ♪ look at that car, well, it goes fast ♪ ♪ givin' my dad a heart attack ♪ [ friend ] that is so awesome. ♪ i love my car [ engine revving ] [ male announcer ] that first chevy, yea, it gets under your skin. ♪
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some mistakes do stand out. just asked the red-faced police officer who left something really important on the trunk of his cruiser and then drove off. our cnn's jeanne moos has the embarrassing evidence. >> ever drive off with something sitting on your roof? imagine you are a cop and have this thing on the trunk? >> it's a careless act. >> a semiautomatic rifle sitting unattended on the trunk of a patrol car parked in downtown seattle. passerby snapped a picture and alerted officers on bikes and then sent the photo to seattle's alternative newspaper, "the stranger." sure was a strange sight. now it's one thing to leave a cup of coffee on the roof and take off, but the gun apparently
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didn't fall off. a source confirms to cnn that one officer was unloading his car in the precinct garage and sat the rifle down on the trunk of a second car and forgot it. a lieutenant came out and got in it and drove off with the gun on the trunk, and she stopped a few blocks away to get starbucks, and that's when it was shot. it seems like a shot out of "there's something about mary." now, when police do this with a gun, it would most likely be considered minor misconduct and result in a reprimand or suspension. worst things could be left on
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the top of the car. there was a baby doll put on the roof to see how folks would react. the real mystery is how did that assault rifle not fall off on the drive to starbucks? if the truth be told, we had to do a couple of takes because our coffee cup stuck. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. a certain drug that helps millions of men with prostate cancer, but it's expensive, and how much would you pay for a few more months of life?
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a new drug promises to add months to the lives of men suffering of prostate cancer. it's one of the most common cancers in men, and many of the sufferers are on medicare. our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen joins us. how expensive is this drug? >> a very expensive drug. a course of treatment costs $93,000, and it gets on average -- it gets a man an
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extra four months of life. so if you are that man, you might likely say of course it's worth $93,000, i have four more months with the people i love. other people might say, you know, that's a lot of money. medicare is in big trouble. should it be spent elsewhere. >> and there's another expensive drug that also is related to prostate cancer? >> this is an exciting time for prostate cancer. there are several drugs that have come out. and they're in the price range. some less and some more. they get you about four months of life extra or even less. again, a lot of money for a few months of extra life. >> tell us about the debate. expensive drugs, who is paying for it. will it be the taxpayers who foot the bill? >> that's right. i think that this is a very difficult discussion to have. i feel uncomfortable talking about it, i have to say. there are people who are saying we're spending a lot of money for a few final months of life when medicare is in the hole
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financially, and aren't there better things we could be doing with this money. it's a tough discussion to have because nobody wants to say they want an elderly gentleman to die. >> sure. people struggle with medical costs and this type of issue all the time. do we anticipate medicare would pick up this kind of expense? >> yes, we do. we do anticipate that medicare will say we do use this drug for prostate cancer. one of the reasons why, remember the whole death panel, a discussion during health care reform, this administration does not want to be accused of killing old people again. they're very sensitive to that. the last thing they want is for prostate sufferers say, you're killing me. >> here is another story about this. this is about the male biological clock. do men hear the same ticking sound when it comes to having kids. we see older men fathering kids
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all the time. rod stewart became a father again at age 66. the answer to the question, do you still think i'm sexy? we'll see. and remember senator thurman, he welcomed his youngest son into the world when he turned 74. who can forget the late tony randal had his first child at the tender age of 77. all this begs to question, do men have a biological clock? >> we took a look at the studies, and obviously a man can father the child later in life. a 77-year-old woman cannot have a baby. but do those babies suffer medical problems. there's evidence that an older father is six times more likely to have a child with autism than a younger father. that's a big number. other studies say older fathers
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are likely to have children with lower iqs, and schizophrenia, and chances are the child of the older dad will be fine, but there is an increased risk that child could have problems. >> and explain the biological clock between men and women. >> women around 50, they stop making eggs, and a man keeps making sperm. that sperm machine is still going, but produces sperm that has genetic mutations. >> elizabeth cohen, we appreciate it. "cnn newsroom" continuing right now with fredricka whitfield in for randi kaye. >> let's talk about this. check points and pat downs and body scans and inspections all aimed at making sure airline
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security know who is getting on airplanes, so how did a man with no valid id and somebody else's boarding pass fly across the country last friday from new york's jfk to los angeles? the nigerian national was arrested. he was trying to board a flight from los angeles to atlanta, and they found other several boarding passes that were phoney in his bag. a spokesman did say this, every passenger that passes through security check points is subject to many layers of security including thorough, physical screening at the check point. tsa's review of the matder indicates the passenger went through screening. it's important to noteha

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